Vegan Dark Chocolate “Peppermint Patties”

 

VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE “PEPPERMINT PATTIES”

For those of us living in the northeast or cooler climates, we now are stepping deeper into winter.  The days seems shorter with less light and there is a nurturing and internal facet of this time of year.  I’ve been reflective and thoughtful about this new year and love finding ways to find comfort in the simple things.  A hot bath, a cup of herbal tea, a nourishing meal or a delicious yummy treat.

I died a little to be honest when I took a bite of one of these and I’m being serious!  These are just the right combination of peppermint and chocolate.  They make the perfect pick me up in the afternoon with a cup of tea and they really satisfy that desire for something sweet or special.  They are vegan, grain free and paleo so they span a myriad of diets.  What I love most though is how simple they are to make.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

EQUIPMENT

Double boiler or 2 pots of equal size

Cupcake liners

A 1 dozen muffin tin

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

INGREDIENTS

2 cups organic cocoa butter

Pinch of sea salt

2 tsp peppermint extract

1 cup unsweetened shredded organic coconut flakes

3 tbs organic real maple syrup

5 to 6 of your favorite dark chocolate bars chopped into pieces for melting (I used 85% Green & Blacks chocolate but but you can use whatever you like)

METHOD

Take your muffin tin and line all dozen with the cupcake liners.  Set aside briefly.

Take a double boiler or two pots of the same size.  Place water in the pot that will be on the bottom, then place the other pot on top.  Add all of the dark chocolate bars and place your stove top to medium heat.  Once the chocolate bars are melted use a spatula and pour a small portion into the bottom of each muffin tin (approx. 1/4 inch).

Once you have poured chocolate in all of the muffin tins set aside briefly.   Use a spatula now to pour the rest of the chocolate into a bowl and set aside briefly.  Wash your double boiler and then set back up once again.  Add the cocoa butter and place heat on your stove top to medium.  The cocoa butter will begin to melt slowly.  As it is melting, add a pinch of sea salt and the peppermint extract.  Once it is fully melted add the coconut flakes and use the spatula to combine.  Take the cocoa butter mixture and using your spatula evenly add to each of the muffin tins over the dark chocolate till all of them are filled.  Place your muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes so the cocoa butter layer can set up like the below photo.

Now take the rest of the melted chocolate and pour evenly into each muffin tin over the cooled cocoa butter mixture so that essentially the cocoa butter layer is the middle layer.  Sprinkle a touch of sea salt over each one (optional) and then place in the freezer for 3o minutes till they are nice and firm.  Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator or freezer (your preference)  for up to 8-9 days.  Enjoy!

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Beef Stew Slow Cooked with Seasonal Persimmon and Whiskey

 

BEEF STEW SLOW COOKED WITH SEASONAL PERSIMMON AND WHISKEY

This recipe is absolutely delicious.  My whole family absolutely adored it and it is a great way to utilize those wonderful seasonal persimmons.  When ripe, persimmon are honestly one of the most lovely fruits.  I really believe there is a reason why they were always present in stories of the great Greek gods and goddesses!  They are so sweet when ripe and packed with powerful nutrition as they are packed with Vitamin C, boost immunity, aid in digestion, powerful enzymes and much more!  I absolutely love them slow cooked in stews like this because they give this fantastic dimension, subtle sweetness and robust flavor. (just make sure to remove the skins and that the persimmon are very ripe).  We served ours over garlic mashed potatoes which if you haven’t already grab my chef tip on my instagram account, you should!  It will take your mashed potatoes to a whole other level.  This can also be served on it’s own to keep it paleo/grain free or another favorite of ours is over buttered noodles.  Anyway you serve it, this recipe is a definite keeper any night of the week but would be really perfect on a Sunday or as an alternative over the holidays to all that turkey!

I hope the most important piece is that everyone tries to find a moment to slow down, gather and connect.  I think this time of year especially for those living in colder temperatures can be so comforting.  I really believe the seasons guide us and as winter approaches it can be a beautiful time of reflection.  I know I personally like to review my year as the new year approaches and think about what I’ve learned, what I’m ready to let go of and what I’m ready to bring more of into my life.  Food can be a part of helping us to nourish this slow down as well.  Meals like this slow us down and force us to pause from our busy lives.  Plus, your house will smell absolutely divine too so there is that!

 

EQUIPMENT

Oven safe pot with a lid or cast iron pot with lid

Measuring spoons

Measuring cups

Wooden spoon

INGREDIENTS 

1 grass fed beef chuck roast

1 clove of fresh garlic peeled and sliced in half

1 tbs sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 

1 large shallot peeled and minced

2 celery stalks ends removed washed and chopped

2 additional cloves garlic peeled and minced 

2 tbs fresh parsley washed and minced

4 carrots washed peeled and minced

1 celeriac root peeled and chopped (optional)

2 sprigs fresh thyme 

2 sprigs fresh rosemary 

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

3 very ripe persimmons core and skin removed, then sliced (the fruit should be almost gooey and incredibly mushy to the touch)  

1/2 cup whiskey (alcohol will cook off so do not worry about serving this to kiddos)

1 cup low sodium chicken stock store bought or homemade 

Preheat oven to 400.  Take your beef roast and rub with sea salt and black pepper on all sides, then rub with fresh garlic all over.  This will tenderize the meat.  Set the roast aside briefly.  Take an oven safe pot with a lid and add olive oil then place your stove top to medium/high heat.  Once hot, add beef roast and sear the meat 5 minutes on each side till the outside begins to brown continuing to rotate the roast till all the sides are seared nicely and brown.  Then remove from pan and set aside briefly once again.  Add shallots, celery, garlic, parsley, carrots, celeriac root, fresh thyme, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper.  Sauté for 8-10 minutes till the vegetables become tender.  Now add ripe persimmons and whiskey and reduce heat to low, then add your beef roast back to the pot and simmer for 2-3 minutes then add chicken stock.  Simmer another 5 minutes then place the lid on your oven safe pot.   Now place the roast (making sure the lid is on) into your oven at 400 degrees and set your timer for 15 minutes.  Then reduce the oven to 275 and continue to cook the roast for another 2.5 hours continuing to leave the lid on.  Once done, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.  Slice the beef roast then serve immediately with the cooked veggies and gravy that the beef roast cooked in.  As discussed above, this is delicious over garlic mashed potatoes, buttered noodles or on it’s own.  Enjoy!

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Local Chicken with Kalamata Olives, Roasted Red Peppers in a White Wine and Lemon Sauce

LOCAL CHICKEN WITH KALAMATA OLIVES, ROASTED RED PEPPERS IN A WHITE WINE & LEMON SAUCE 

This has grown into a favorite in our house and is now on regular rotation.  My kids absolutely flip over this especially over pasta with a touch of Parmesan.  This was a huge hit with my hubby too as he gave this a huge thumbs up.  I personally love it as it is super versatile as it can be served over pasta, over rice or on its own and can be adjusted to each person as you serve it.  It also can be adapted to be vegetarian by simply omitting the chicken and kept completely dairy free by omitting the butter and just adding an extra tablespoon of olive oil.  I will tell you the sauce alone is lick the pan worthy lol.  The most fabulous part is that this is a one pan dish that takes under 30 minutes to make which means little clean up. Yes!!  This is the most important part as we are all looking for yummy family dinners that don’t require a lot of time in the kitchen which means more time hopefully for gathering and connecting around the table.  I know personally as a busy momma of two beautiful babes, chef and business woman this is important.  My goal is to always help others find this.

EQUIPMENT:

Large Sauté Pan

Wooden Spoon

Measuring Cup

Measuring Spoons

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil (or 2tbs if you want it to be dairy free, simply omit the 1 tbs of butter)

1 tbs grass fed cultured butter

3 sprigs fresh thyme (1 tbs of dried thyme can be used is fresh is not available)  

3 cloves fresh garlic peeled and minced 

3 boneless skinless organic chicken breasts sliced 

3 tbs fresh parsley washed and minced 

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup white wine

Juice of one lemon

1 cup roasted red peppers sliced (the red peppers from the jar in their juice)

1 cup kalamata olives

METHOD:

Take a large sauté pan and place the heat on your stove top to medium heat, then add butter and olive oil.  Once the butter begins to melt add fresh thyme.  Sauté for 1 minute to infuse the oil, then add garlic and continue to sauté for another 3 minutes.  Add sliced chicken, fresh parsley, sea salt and pepper.  Sauté 8 minutes till the chicken is mostly cooked then add white wine, lemon juice, sliced roasted red pepper and olives.  Bring the heat to high then once it begins to boil, immediately reduce to low and simmer for another 10 minutes till chicken is fully cooked and all the flavors come together.  This can be served on it’s own with a big salad or over pasta or rice with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

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Organic Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

There is a reason why the saying “April showers brings May flowers” exists and we have definitely been experiencing that except I don’t think Mother Nature meant snow ha!  It has been cold and dreary so I’ve been taking to heart Mick Jagger’s “you can’t always get what you want” as I hold tightly to the promise of spring in our not too distant future.

This leads me to my turkey meatball recipe as I’m still in comfort mood mode as a result of all this cooler weather.  Trust me know one is complaining in our house either as this is one of my husband’s and daughter’s absolute favorite meals of all time.  I love it too as it is incredibly versatile as the meat can be adjusted to pork or beef and this can be served over spaghetti squash to make it grain free or paleo as well as served over pasta or even used to make meatball subs!  My family especially loves it over spaghetti!  Regardless, I’ve been making this recipe for years and it is about time I share with you all.  This can be a made a day ahead too and it will just get better and better with time.  You can make your marinara from scratch if you have the time but to be honest on busy days with the kiddos, I use a jar of Rao’s marinara.  It honestly is so delicious and no body will ever know!

 

Ground Turkey Meatballs

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion peeled and minced

3 cloves fresh garlic peeled and minced

1 tsp dried oregano

1 lb ground organic turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs (optional)

pinch of sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

3 tbs grated parmesan reggiano

1 additional tsp dried oregano

2 additional tbs extra virgin olive oil

2  jar Rao’s marinara

Take a large skillet with a lid and add olive oil, then place the heat of your stove top to medium.  Once hot, add minced onion and cook approx. 7-8 minutes till translucent then add garlic and dried oregano and cook 2 more minutes.  Remove from heat and let rest to cool.

Take a medium size bowl and add ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs, sea salt, black pepper, parmesan reggiano, dried oregano.  Now add the cooled cooked onion, garlic and oregano mixture to the ground turkey.  Using your clean hands, combine all the ingredients fully.  Then, proceed to roll the ground turkey mixture into individual meatballs.  Once you have rolled all of your meatballs, take your skillet and add the last 2 tbs of olive oil.  Bring your heat to medium and once hot, add the meatballs.  Cook approx. 5 minutes then using a spatula or tongs, flip the meatballs to the other side and cook an additional 5 minutes (meatballs should be golden brown on each side).  Now add both jars of marinara sauce (make sure to add a little water (approx. 1/2 cup) to the jars to get all the sauce out and add to the pot as well.  Bring the heat of your stove top up to high heat very briefly till the sauce comes to a quick boil, then immediately reduce to low and place the top on your pot.  Cook approx. 20-25 minutes on low to finish cooking the meatballs and allow all the flavors to come together.  Serve the meatballs over pasta, over spaghetti squash or I have made meatball subs with this recipe as well.  The options are endless and don’t forget to add copious amounts of sprinkled parmesan reggiano.  Any way you serve this, it’s absolutely delicious and your family will thank you.

Enjoy and don’t forget to tag me @chef_emery on Instagram! Oxoxox

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Chef Emery

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Slow Cooked Whole Chicken with Cranberries, White Wine and Fresh Herbs

I love one pot cooking especially in the fall when the kids schedules are jam packed with a myriad of after school activities.  It allows me to cook this in advance, let it rest and then gets a super nourishing dinner on the table super fast that we can all sit down to.  This recipe is incredibly versatile too as I love incorporating whatever seasonal veggies or fruits are in season at that time of year.  As we know, fall is the beginning of seasonal produce such as apples, cranberries as well as the first appearances of oranges as we drift towards winter.  I want you to take the “idea” of this recipe and then use it throughout the year by switching the herbs, fruit, veggies and even the liquid used.  I chose to use apple cider for this recipe because it is in season but chicken stock can be substituted, red wine.  I think you get the idea.  This particular dish was a huge success!  Everyone absolutely loved the sweetness that the apple cider, oranges and the cranberries slow cooked in white wine gave the recipe.  I served this with a buttermilk garlic puréed celeriac which really finished this dish off.

We can eat nourishing meals that are also absolutely delicious by just getting a little organized and then making the commitment.  You will be honoring yourself as well the gift of coming together and gathering around food.  I can not say how many times that true magic is shared around our table over food.  This is where a lot of the connection happens and it is invaluable.

** Chef’s note:  You will need an oven safe pot with a lid

Preheat your oven to 400

Ingredients:

1 whole organic chicken

1 organic organic washed and sliced

1 cup local organic cranberries

2 bay leaves

4 sprigs organic thyme

4 sprigs organic rosemary

2 tbs herbs de provence

4 cloves organic garlic peeled and diced

1 onion washed, peeled and diced

3 organic carrots washed, peeled and diced

2 organic celery ribs washed and diced

1 cup white wine

1 cup apple cider

2 tbs maple syrup

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs organic ghee, butter or olive oil

 

Wash your chicken and rinse the cavity then pat your chicken down till dry.  Rub the chicken with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and herbs de Provence.  Rub the cavity with sea salt.  Take a large oven safe stock pot with a top and add ghee, butter, or oil and place the heat on medium.  Add the seasoned chicken to the pot and cook 5-6 minutes on each side till golden brown.  Remove chicken from the pot and briefly set aside.  Now add onions and cook approx. 8 minutes till golden brown, then add garlic, celery, cranberries and carrots and cook approx. 5 minutes more.  Now add the chicken back to the pot then add the apple cider and wine.  Let simmer for two minutes then drizzle the top of the chicken with maple syrup.  Take the ends of the sliced orange and squeeze the juice over the top of the chicken.  Then place the rest of the sliced oranges over the top of the chicken along with the rosemary, bay leaves and thyme.  Place the top on the pot and place in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes, then reduce to 275 for one and a half hours.  Remove from oven and let rest.  Serve and enjoy with mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, celeriac and/or a big salad.

-Chef Emery oxoxoxo

Organic Tomato Bolognese


People often say to me that looks really delicious but I don’t have the time to cook like that or that will take me too long to make.  I truly believe that with a little organization, meal prep and consistency, we can all get there.  Trust me, as a very busy business owner, professional chef and managing two children’s very busy schedules, I get that it can be absolutely overwhelming.  I feel overwhelmed myself but I have specific daily tools that have really helped me such as a weekly schedule of what’s happening in my calendar, a free grocery app on my phone that helps me organize my weekly grocery shop list and then some meal planning.  I set one day out of the week to grocery shop and vaguely plan menu “ideas” and then I just commit to it.  There are some weeks I don’t even have time to plan menu ideas but because my fridge is organized and stocked with fresh real food, there is always something to quickly assemble and get on the table.

My hope is that these tips can help you get there too because when we take the time to sit down for a meal, slow down, connect with our family and make real food a priority everything just gets better.  The difference is startling and leaves me with more mental and physical energy for my job, mothering as well as for fitness.  We can all get there, it just requires a little focus and discipline.

Now onto this delicious easy recipe!!  This is super easy to do and especially delicious this time of year because it’s tomato season!!  My kids literally squeal over this and ask for it at least one a week.  It also can be made in larger batches and frozen so that you can get several meals out of it.  I love the versatility of it as it can accommodate varying diets.  For example,  I always put the kids over organic gluten free tinkyada pasta penne or spaghetti but sometimes for myself I will put this over sautéed seasonal zucchini ( another great way to use up that overloading seasonal produce this time of year ). Whatever way you like it, this is super easy to do and will get dinner on the table fast.  This can also be adapted to be vegetarian/vegan by simply omitting the meat which would be delicious as well.

 

Organic Tomato Bolognese

2 cans organic crushed tomatoes 28.2 oz or 9 large fresh organic seasonal tomatoes washed and cored

1 organic white onion washed, peeled and diced

2 cloves organic fresh garlic peeled and minced

2 organic dried bay leaves

1 tsp organic dried oregano

1 tsp organic dried basil or fresh basil can be used as well

1 tsp dried organic red pepper flakes ( optional ) sometimes I omitt this for kids as it makes the sauce slightly spicy

1 lb organic grass fed ground beef or ground turkey can be used

2 tbs organic olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs organic tomato paste

2 cups of water ( I generally rinse the cans of crushed tomatoes  and then add the water to the sauce so there is zero waste ) ** you will need to add the water though if using fresh tomatoes

 

If using fresh tomatoes, you will need a high speed blender.  Wash and core the tomatoes then slice with a knife into smaller pieces.  Add to your blender until they are completely crushed.  Set aside briefly.

Take a large stock pot and add olive oil then place the heat on your stove top to medium.  Once hot, add oregano, basil, red pepper flakes and minced onion.  Cook approx. 8 minutes till onions are translucent then add garlic.  Cook another 2 minutes sautéing quickly so the garlic does not burn.  Now add ground beef or ground turkey and season with sea salt and black pepper and continue to cook approx. 8-10 minutes till the meat is fully cooked.  Now add freshly crushed tomatoes or the two cans of crushed tomatoes, bay leaves along with the tomato paste.  Then add water and increase the heat on your stove top to high and bring the sauce to a quick boil stirring frequently.  Once the sauce comes to a boil, reduce immediately to a low heat and let simmer with the top off the pot for approx. 30 minutes.  The liquid or volume of the sauce will reduce and thicken which is what you want.  Your sauce is ready!

The sauce can be served immediately or placed in airtight containers and be frozen once cooled for future use.  Optimally, this sauce gets better and better as the flavors come together so it can be made a day ahead then served the next day.  It is still fabulous the day of though and especially delicious with copious amounts of Parmesan Reggiano.    Serve over your favorite pasta or zucchini zoodles and dinner is served!

Xoxo -Chef Emery

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Local Chicken Thighs with White Wine, Lemon, Olives and Fresh Herbs


This is so easy to do and absolutely delicious! It is great as an every day family meal or fantastic when entertaining.

8 Local Organic Chicken Thighs ( with the skins on )

1 Tbs Organic Cultured Grass Fed Butter

2 Tbs Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil

The Juice of One Organic Lemon

1 Organic Lemon Washed and Sliced

1 tbs Raw Local Honey

1 Cup Organic Olives ( a variety of  green and black not pitted )

2 Cups White Wine

4 Sprigs Fresh Organic Thyme Washed

2 Sprigs Fresh Organic Rosemary Washed

1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 400

*Chefs Note: You will need a oven safe cast iron pan*

Salt and Pepper both sides of your chicken thighs. Then place your cast iron pan on the stove top placing the heat on medium. Add olive oil and butter. Once butter is just melted add chicken thighs with the skin sides down.  Cook approx 6 minutes then flip the thighs over and cook an additional 6 minutes on other side ( skins should be golden brown).

Now drizzle thighs with honey, then deglaze the pan with the juice of one lemon and white wine.  Reduce heat to low and then add fresh thyme, rosemary, olives and lemon slices.  Cook on low heat with the top off for approx. 6 minutes then remove from heat.

Place in the oven with the top on at 400 for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 for approx. 25 minutes more. Serve on its own with a big salad or we love this dish with basmati rice and sautéed garlicky greens such as Swiss chard. Make sure to spoon the copious amounts of the glorious sauce over the dish when serving.

Enjoy! – Chef Emery ❤️ Oxox

Organic Grilled Peanut Satay Skewers

 

Summer is almost upon us are at least it is struggling to make an appearance up here in Maine.  We have had too many rainy days but my mind is already thinking about delicious meals that can get on the table quickly. Grilling is such a fantastic way to get dinner on the table fast with little clean up which I love.  Skewers are also a beautiful way to get kids involved and excited about cooking.  My daughter and son love helping put all the colorful veggies on the sticks.  It is a great way for kids to contribute and be a part of bringing meals to fruition, not to mention the sensory experience of touching, feeling and smelling food.

This recipe is super easy to do and incredibly versatile as you can alter the veggies to what is in season or your favorite ones!  It also can be adapted to be vegetarian/vegan by marinating organic non gmo tofu in the place of the chicken which is also so delicious.

Chicken Peanut Satay

1 lb of boneless skinless organic chicken breast  or organic non gmo tofu chopped into skewer pieces

1/2 cup organic peanut butter

2 tbs fish sauce

1/4 cup gluten free low sodium tamari

1/4 filtered water

2 tbs local raw honey

pinch of sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Take a medium size bowl or a high speed blender and add peanut butter, fish sauce, tamari, water, raw honey, sea salt and black pepper.  If using a blender, place speed on high and blend till fully combined.  If using a bowl, place all the above ingredients in the bowl, then use a fork to whisk till all the ingredients are combined.  Chop the chicken into skewer size pieces then place in a large airtight container with a top.  Using a spatula, pour the peanut satay over the chicken and let marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

 

For Veggies

1 large organic red onion peeled and cut into skewer pieces

1 large organic vidalia onion peeled and cut into skewer pieces

1 organic zucchini washed and cut into skewer pieces

1 organic red pepper washed, cored and cut into skewer pieces

1 organic green onion washed, cored and cut into skewer pieces

2 organic portabella mushrooms washed and cut into skewer pieces

 

Wash and cut all of the above veggies into skewer size pieces then briefly set aside.

 

For Extra Peanut Sauce For Drizzling

1/2 cup organic peanut butter

1/2 cup filtered water

2 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs local raw honey

 

1 organic lime washed and cut into wedges for serving

 

Once again take a medium bowl or high speed blender and add peanut butter, filtered water, fish sauce and honey.  If using a bowl, whisk with a fork till all the ingredients are well combined then set aside.  If using a blender,  place all of the ingredients in to the blender and place the speed on high till all the ingredients are fully combined.  Use a spatula to spoon out of the blender and set aside.

Preheat your grill to high.  Now it is time to assemble.  Remove your chicken from the refrigerator and begin to assemble your skewers by alternating varying veggies with the chicken ( discard the peanut sauce that the chicken was marinated in.)  Once all your skewers are assembled, place on the grill and cook approx. 10 minutes on each side till chicken is fully cooked and veggies are roasted.  Depending on your grill, you may need to adjust the temperature to medium/high heat.  Once all of your skewers are cooked it is time to eat.  This can be served on it’s own with a big salad and/or rice.  Drizzle each skewer with additional peanut sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.  The extra peanut sauce can be saved in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for 3-5 days and used as a fabulous quick dressing for salads.

Enjoy!  -Chef Emery oxoxox

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Vegan Almond and White Miso Dressing

My life’s work is to use my pivotal role as a chef to spread greater awareness on the impact that sustainable food has on our own health and planet.  I also believe as a chef that food absolutely needs to taste delicious to sustain long lasting habits.  It just has to taste good, bottom line.  When we source food locally, organically and seasonally, it just tastes better because it is closest to it’s original, natural form.  Food and cooking can truly be one of the most beautiful ways to connect ourselves with nature and our planet.  Our bodies are highly intelligent too and view food as information for our DNA so when we eat this way, we just feel really good and are satiated naturally.

I love this recipe because it is so versatile.  It can be used to dress either a vegetarian, vegan, or paleo salad and is also a fabulous dipping sauce for fresh spring rolls or even for sandwich wraps!  Below are three ideas and easy ways to use this dressing.

Homemade spring rolls filled with organic persian cucumber, fresh mint, green onions and local non gmo tofu

Organic spring greens with local micro greens, fresh mint, watermelon radishes, hakurei turnips and local non gmo tofu salad

Organic local micro greens, fresh herbs, seasonal watermelon radishes, raw peanuts and local pasture raised poached chicken salad

Dressing Recipe:

1 generous tbs of organic white miso ( I personally love the company South River for miso )

2 generous tbs of organic unsweetened ground almond butter ( I love a company called Little Lad’s ) it literally has two ingredients almonds and sea salt.  That is what you want!

1/4 tsp sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 water approx. till dressing thins out

1 tsp real maple syrup

In a medium bowl, add all the above the ingredients then whisk with a fork. This dressing can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 4 days.  Enjoy!

“We can build lasting habits where we feel nourished, satiated and emotionally satisfied.  It just takes a little consistency, prep and most importantly fun” – Chef Emery

Never Underestimate the Power of Sheet Roasting

I can not say enough about how much I love sheet roasting as a chef.  It is a phenomenal way to quickly add depth and flavor to your meals with little effort yet is absolutely delicious.  Lately, I’ve been finding that food ( when and if I eat out ) is often over salted, over spiced, over sauced, overly sweet which covers up any room for the food to shine.  When we source food organically, locally, seasonally and sustainably, it really does not need a lot to taste absolutely delicious.  Sheet pan roasting is a wonderful way to easily do this!

Another reason I absolutely love roasting veggies is that it is so versatile.  In can be kept vegetarian by adding it to your favorite rice bowls or as a paleo recipe by pairing it with your favorite fish, grilled meat or roast.  I like to use lots of seasonal fresh herbs which are packed with wonderful nutrients and vitamins which adds a lot of dimension without extra salt, oil, etc.  I also have expressed before that organic fresh herbs have powerful properties that can be incredibly beneficial to our bodies and are a quick way to connect with nature.

Organic Tomatoes with Fresh Garlic, Local Shallots, Fresh Thyme, Herbs De Provence, Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Local Organic Fingerling Potatoes with Red Onion, Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Organic Cauliflower with Leeks, Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Preheat your oven to 450.  Then wash and slice the vegetables.  I pour 2 tbs of organic extra virgin olive oil over the whole pan of sliced vegetables.  Then add herbs of choice.  Get creative there are no wrong choices really.  You can use fresh cilantro, fresh dill, thyme, rosemary, fresh basil, fresh parsley.  Sometimes I like to add turmeric or curry powder.  I always then add 1 tsp sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Roast at 450 for approx. 25 minutes till veggies are golden brown.

The three recipes above are ideas but as I stated the options are honestly endless. Sweet potatoes roasted with shallots and cumin would be delicious or another favorite in our house is roasted brussel sprouts with cranberries.  Most importantly remember as Julia Child says, “You don’t have to cook fancy complicated masterpieces.  Just good food from fresh ingredients.”